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Operational Research and Statistics (MSc)

Master of Science
1 year
Course Type
Next course starts
September 2023

About this course

Develop the analytical and statistical skills for success in industry, business or public sector on this MSc Operational Research and Statistics at the University of Southampton. You’ll work with multinational industry partners on real case studies, and learn operational research techniques and applied statistical methods at an advanced level. You’ll graduate with the knowledge and practical skills in 2 highly valued disciplines. 

This course is closed for entry in 2022 please see our other courses available.

World Top 40 and 7th in the UK for Statistics and Operational Research (QS World University Rankings by Subject, 2021).

Operational researchers use analytical methods to help organisations become more productive through better planning of strategy and delivery. 

Statistics is an important tool for operational researchers, because it involves decision-making in the face of uncertainty. 

On this operational research UK master’s course you’ll learn to develop solutions to complex organisational problems using mathematical modelling, experimental design, statistical analysis and numerical computation. 

You'll gain essential skills in the 4 main areas of real-world problem-solving: 

  • analysing the problem through designing experiments, and collecting and visualising data 
  • formulating the problem mathematically and offering solution approaches 
  • providing statistical analysis and computation 
  • presenting and communicating the results 

A highlight of this statistics and operational research course is the 3-month summer project, when you’ll have the chance to compete to work with an external organisation on a real problem. This could relate to operational research, statistics, or both. 

Course lead

Your course leader is Dr Hou-Duo Qi, Professor of Optimization within Mathematical Sciences at the University of Southampton. His research focuses on Matrix Optimization with applications in finance and statistics. Read Dr Qi’s staff profile to find out more about his work. 

Course location

This course is based at Highfield.

Awarding body

This qualification is awarded by the University of Southampton.

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Changes due to COVID-19

Although the COVID-19 situation is improving, any future restrictions could mean we might have to change the way parts of our teaching and learning take place in 2021 to 2022. We're working hard to plan for a number of possible scenarios. This means that some of the information on this course page may be subject to change.

Find out more on our COVID advice page.

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